In your breakthrough Thursday media column: a new trial for a Russian journalist's murder, a mini-Jayson Blair at a college paper, Steven Brill's optimistic projections, and Boston Globe staffers are unhappy with their lot in life.
Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in 2006. Earlier this year, four men were acquitted of the crime. Now, the Russian Supreme Court has overturned the acquittal and ordered a retrial. The concept of "double jeopardy" is perhaps a little different in Russia, but, in any case, one more step towards justice. (Hopefully? We await Keith Gessen's guidance on this case).
An editor at the University of Hawaii student newspaper has been let go after an investigation found that he made up at least 29 separate fictional sources in news stories over a year and a half. The same guy was also once accused of stealing $8,000 in liquor. Related, maybe?
Journalism Online, the new startup by Steven Brill and others that's based on getting people to pay for online news, has revealed its business plan: it expects 10% of readers to pay. Other projections by other groups in the past have estimated that 2% of readers might be willing to pay. We, and the media at large, wish them success.
Newsroom workers at the Boston Globe finally saw the details of their union's new contract agreement with the NYT Co., last night, which includes a 9% pay cut, increases in the cost of benefits, furlough days, and other cutbacks. Nobody's too happy about it, reportedly. "I'm voting ‘yes,' but not enthusiastically," says one Globe reporter. Well, that's about all you could ask for.